Friday, February 15, 2019

Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii: Bigger burger? Bigger price! Bigger than what? A slider?

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Suite E124
Honolulu, HI 96825
Phone number (808) 394-9100
Website: teddysbb.com
Prices: $$$$

If your name is "Bigger Burger", you had better live up to it and Teddy's does not. Do not get me wrong, it was a decent size burger, bigger than a quarter pounder maybe, but we paid over $34 for two burger combo meals at $17+ a pop.
First of all, nobody behind the counter looked old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. Second, I hate it when you are looking at the menu, trying to decipher it all and the kids behind the counter keep saying "can I take your order" ... "can I take your order"? I am obviously looking at the menu and when I am ready, I will come over and order, so please leave me the f**k alone until I do! Thank you very much.


I ordered the 1/2 pound "Bacado" combo ($13.49 for the combo + $4.49 for the bacado - bacon, cheddar and avocado) and my wife the 1/3 pound "Kialua" ($11.49 for the combo + $3.69 for the terriyaki, Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms). Fifteen to twenty minutes later, our orders came out, but they had switched the patties so my wife got the 1/2 pound and I got the 1/3 pound. I also got what could best be described as a smattering of fries, while my wife's combo had twice as many. One of the boys walked by with an order, so I stopped him on the way back and told him about the discrepancy, but all he had to say was "is that a problem?"

Again, the burgers were pretty good and we were more or less satiated when we left, so mission accomplished. However, when you have a bunch of teenagers running a place, you are going to have problems and consistency seems to be a problem here. If you cannot ensure that orders are cooked and delivered to specifications with a uniform presentation, you are doing your customers a disservice. 
I have had countless burgers around the world that were better, cheaper, and BIGGER than these, so as you can probably tell, I was not overly impressed. If they changed the name to "Teddy's Average Burgers", maybe people would not be quite so disappointed.

CombatCritic Gives Teddy's Bigger Burgers 4 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Four Bombs Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again"

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii: Pho Goodness Gracious, This Place Is THE BOMB!

Saito & Pho II
Waianae Mall
86-120 Farrington Hwy, Suite 308
Waianae, HI 96792
Phone number (808) 696-2266
Prices: $$$$

Tucked away in the Waianae Mall just off of Farrington Highway and east of Long's Drugs, you will find a nondescript restaurant with simple decor and great food at reasonable prices and it is called Saito & Pho.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the service top-notch. The young lady at the counter took the time to patiently describe several dishes before we were able to decide what to order. The menu is extensive with an eclectic mix of Vietnamese, Japanese and a hint of Thai.
We started with the Vietnamese Spring Rolls ($7), three large crispy, deep-fried rolls filled ground chicken, carrots, onion, taro and mushrooms cut in half and served with a simple dipping sauce. I love these things and you eat them by taking a half roll, wrapping it in a lettuce leaf along with some rice noodles, carrot, and cucumber, then dipping the whole thing in the sauce before shoving it in your pie-hole. As Harry Carey would have said: "HOLY COW!"

My wife ordered a Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi ($6.95), a Vietnamese sandwich made with a fresh baguette (the French ruled what is now Vietnam from 1887 to 1954) and lemongrass chicken, butter, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon and cilantro. It was delish and my wife later told me that it was not only the best sandwich, but the best meal (along with the spring rolls) she has ever had. High praise after having several wonderful meals just a few months before in the culinary capital of France and probably the world - Lyon.
I love both curry and schnitzel, so why not have them both at the same time? I did and it is called Ton Katsu Curry ($13.45). Two pork cutlets breaded and fried, sliced into thin strips, and served with a side (cup) of scrumptious yellow Thai curry and accompanied by cups of soup, salad, and white rice. The cutlets were crispy and tasty and the curry sublime. The soup was simple, yet good, the salad fresh with just the right amount of dressing, and the rice, well, it was white rice. There was much more food than expected and every bite was better than the last ... HOOAH!

On a tropical island where everybody overcharges for everything, Saito and Pho was an absolute oasis in the midst of a desert of overpriced crap and worthy of my highest rating ...

CombatCritic Gives Saito and Pho II 10 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "WALL OF FAME" ... More Bombs Are Better!

Ten Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: 

HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary

"The Department of Military Science and Leadership, University of Tennessee claim HOOAH 'refers to or means anything except no' ... Regardless of its meaning ... the term is an expression of high morale, confidence, motivation and spirit." - WarChronicle.com

"The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'screw it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCritic
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Lisbon, Portugal: Pastéis de Belém Is "The Bomb" - A Must Visit When In Lisbon

Pastéis de Belém
R. de Belém, 84- 92
1300-085 Lisbon, Portugal
Belém, Belém - Restelo
Phone number +351 213 637 423
Website: pasteisdebelem.pt
Prices: €€€€

If you have not had a Pastel de Nata, a sweet, custard filled tart found in Portugal in general and Lisbon in particular, you have not lived. You can find these tasty little treats at most pastelerias (Portuguese bakeries) in Lisbon and elsewhere for about €1 each, a bargain in any event. But this place is the home of these custard filled tarts, having used a recipe created my monks for over 180 years. 



They began making Pastels de Belém in 1837, the "Gold" standard for these pastries, following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) just down the street. They continue to sell them to this day and you can either eat-in at their restaurant on the west side of Lisbon (Belém) or get in the long line, that moves very quickly, to buy the tarts, sandwiches and other delightful pastries to-go.
We were told that Pastéis de Belém were better and different than anywhere else in Portugal and they were right! They sell so many that they are still warm form the oven when you get them, biting into the flaky pastry and sweet, creamy custard filling that is absolutely delightful. They charge a premium here where with Pastéis de Belém setting you back a lofty €1.10 here, the home of this delectable dessert. 

Make sure you get the packets of cinnamon and powdered sugar to sprinkle on top, the Portuguese way, in order to enjoy these delicious morsels to their fullest potential. They will box them up for you, so take a small or large bag full back to your room for a delightful breakfast over the next few days (HINT: Do not refrigerate). If you come to Lisbon and do not try Pastéis de Belém ... YOU ARE A LOSER!



CombatCritic Gives Pastéis de Belém 10 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "WALL OF FAME" ... More Bombs Are Better!

Ten Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: 

HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary

"The Department of Military Science and Leadership, University of Tennessee claim HOOAH 'refers to or means anything except no' ... Regardless of its meaning ... the term is an expression of high morale, confidence, motivation and spirit." - WarChronicle.com

"The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'screw it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCritic
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